JCamp 180 Annual Conference
Current Participants

2015 Annual Conference

Year-Round and Lifelong: Connect, Engage, and Inspire

November 1-2, 2015
Springfield, MA

Jewish summer camps excel at creating memorable experiences that produce lasting memories…and lifelong relationships. Camp friendships are treasured. They become part of the fabric of the lives of campers, staff and families long after their camp days have passed. Camps are truly engines for connecting, engaging and inspiring Jews. So how can we leverage camps' talents for relationship building during the summer into year-round and lifelong relationships that build camps into stronger, more financially viable and sustainable Jewish organizations?
The 2015 JCamp 180 Conference theme is Year-Round and Lifelong: Connect, Engage, and Inspire. Join us as we celebrate camps' successes at building relationships and learn how a focus on deeper relationships can lead to increased enrollment and retention, more meaningful alumni engagement, donor-focused fundraising, and fulfilling board and volunteer experiences.

The 2015 JCamp 180 Annual Conference will be held November 1 and 2, 2015 at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel!

Who Should Attend?

Our conference is designed to meet the needs of executive and lay leaders as well as development professionals of our affiliated Jewish camps and partner organizations. Workshop content is devoted primarily to JCamp 180's core focus areas: Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, and Technology. Like last year, we have also added some sessions on enrollment: recruitment and retention. And throughout the conference we encourage all attendees to take advantage of informal networking opportunities with new and old peers who share our passion for Jewish camp.

Conference Schedule

The conference took place on Sunday, November 1 and Monday, November 2 in Springfield, MA. We've created a high-level conference schedule to help you with your travel planning.

Want to review the detailed workshop sessions we offered this year? You can find them at the following links:

Registration for the 2015 #JCampConf is Now Closed

It was great seeing over 400 Jewish camp professionals and board members on November 1-2, 2015. We hope to see you at next year's conference - November 6-7, 2016 in Springfield, MA! Registration for next year's conference will open in Summer 2016.

Thanks to the generosity of Harold Grinspoon, registration is free for all attendees.

Conference Highlights

Back by popular demand, this year's conference will again feature short TEDTalk-style "Spark" presentations scattered throughout the conference. We are excited about the new roster of speakers this year. Be sure to stay through lunch on Monday so you don't miss any!

We hope these fantastic speakers will inspire conversation within the conference and online. To facilitate conversation, please use our conference hashtag #JCampConf on Twitter and Facebook as you consider the ideas presented and how they might impact you and your camp.

Our conference will also continue to feature many guest experts. They will provide a fresh look at Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Enrollment, and Technology. We are excited about the incredible expertise we have assembled to provide every conference attendee with new, useful content.

Pack Your Camp T-shirt

Yes, our conference is an opportunity for Jewish camp staff and lay leadership to learn new skills and bring innovative plans and ideas back to camp. But this is camp after all, so don't forget to have some fun! Make sure you pack your Camp T-shirt when you travel to Springfield. Traditionally, Monday is Camp T-shirt day at the conference, but feel free to wear your camp swag proudly throughout the weekend.

Travel Details

Once you register, make your travel plans to ensure your space. If you register for the early Sunday morning sessions or any of the post-conference training sessions on Monday afternoon, make your travel plans accordingly.

Annual JCamp 180 Awards

The Annual JCamp 180 Awards honor those that have demonstrated outstanding achievements over the past year in the field of Jewish camp. The 2015 winners were announced following dinner on Sunday, November 1. You can find our award winners from the past six years on our website.

Nominations for this year's JCamp 180 Award winners are now closed

Come back in summer 2016 to nominate anyone at a JCamp 180-affiliated camp who you feel deserves one of the following awards:

  • JCamp 180 Outstanding Board Leadership Award
  • JCamp 180 Outstanding Development Professional Award
  • JCamp 180 Impact in Technology Award